This is my personal website. It is focused on mental health, wellness and recovery from mental illness and addiction.

My goal is to provide proven, science-based information and resources to offer support, hope and encouragement to persons in recovery and to those who care about them.

I also feature inspirational “Stories of Hope,” a series of interviews with people who have dealt with mental health challenges and share the lessons they have learned through their journey.

I do my best to publish a new blog post each week. I invite you to subscribe to my posts to have them delivered to your email inbox each week.

First time visitor? Check out “My Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts” or a categorical index of all my posts.

The material on this site reflects only my personal views and not those of my employer or any other group with which I am associated.

My Biography

I’m a clinical psychologist and mental health advocate. I grew up in Tazewell, a small town in the beautiful Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia.

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

My training and employment has included work in psychiatric hospitals, mental health centers, colleges and universities, a Federal prison, and a VA (veterans) hospital. I’m licensed to practice psychology by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology.

Along with my work teams, I have been fortunate to help provide care to over 50,000 people with mental illness and addiction over the last three decades.

For over 24 years, I worked at Eastern State Hospital, a public psychiatric hospital in Lexington, KY. I was the founding director of the hospital’s Recovery Mall, an award-winning recovery and rehabilitation program for adults with serious mental illness and substance abuse issues.

As the hospital’s Psychological Services director, I facilitated the provision of psychological assessment and psychotherapy and supervised psychology graduate students in their training placements.

Currently, I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. I serve as director of the Jesse G. Harris, Jr. Psychological Services Center. This center trains doctoral students in clinical psychology in providing psychological testing and therapy. I oversee the operations of the center and offer administrative and clinical supervision to numerous graduate students who staff the center and provide the clinical services.

I’m a member of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics, an active nationwide group of training clinic directors. I’m also the training director of the University of Kentucky Internship Consortium, a pre-doctoral health service psychology internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association.

I believe strongly in contributing to the larger community. I served as President (2006-2007) of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

I have been active in mental health advocacy initiatives at the state and Federal levels. I’m the current Kentucky representative (2014-19) to the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives, the legislative body for the association.

I have been married to my wife, Kathy for twenty-eight years. We have one daughter, Allison and a sweet but feisty West Highland White Terrier named Bella. We live in Lexington, Kentucky, and attend Southern Hills United Methodist Church. In my free time, I enjoy reading, travel, photography, and thinking about exercising.

Thanks for stopping by,

David Susman, PhD

My Contact Information

You can contact me via the form below, follow me on Twitter, like my Facebook page, or connect on LinkedIn. Please note that I cannot offer professional advice, nor can I respond to crisis or emergency situations. If you are in crisis, go to your local hospital emergency department or seek other professional help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available in the US at 1-800-273-8255.


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